Mississippi State University’s College of Business was established in 1915 and is the oldest business school in the state. The COB is comprised of the Adkerson School of Accountancy; and departments for Finance and Economics; Management and Information Systems; Marketing, Quantitative Analysis, and Business Law; and Business Administration. The CoB has dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting and has also gained recognition from many publications for a century of excellence. The Journal of Small Business ranks the MSU COB as 6th in the world for its impact on entrepreneurship research, and the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs are ranked 10th in the nation by the Commerce Clearing House Public Accounting Report.
Professors share their expertise with undergraduate students majoring in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing. Specialized programs are also offered in Entrepreneurship, International Business, and PGA Golf Management, and concentrations are available in Pre-law, Risk Management and Insurance, and Supply Chain Management. All International Business students will study abroad for a minimum of six weeks. IB students are also required to complete a 10-week internship with either an international corporation or with a U.S. company focusing on international affairs. PGA Golf Management students have interned with the top 100 golf courses listed by Golf Digest.
Graduate students can earn a Master of Business Administration, Master of Professional Accountancy, Master of Science in Information Systems, or a Master of Taxation. MBA students may select an optional concentration in Project Management, Marketing, or Business Analysis. MBA students will start the program with Springboard Week, a week featuring seminars on career management, interest assessments, personal branding, professional presentation skills, and much more. Doctoral students can pursue their studies in Business Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Management, or Marketing.
The CoB helps you stay updated with the latest happenings through monthly episodes of The Dividends Show and an annual publication of the Dividends Magazine. Students afforded many enrichment opportunities, through 17 business student organizations, such as the College of Business Ambassadors, PGM Club, and the Tennessee Valley Authority Investment Challenge Team. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach is a 2,000 square foot office, designed to help students launch their businesses. Students can receive one-on-one mentorship for their business through the Executive Office Hours program. An office is dedicated to successful entrepreneurs who volunteer time to meet with students in 30-minute blocks to discuss funding, marketing, and answer questions. More than 100 start-ups currently exist on campus. MBA students can compete in the SEC MBA Case Competition every spring for the chance to win cash prizes. MBA+ is a weekly seminar held every Friday, featuring different companies and industries.
Online programs have been offered through the school of business for 20 years. Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration fully online, and graduate students can pursue a general MBA, MBA-Project Management, or Master of Science in Information Science. The online MBA program is ranked 26th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.